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Who We Are

We are a beacon of hope to those experiencing homelessness and poverty on the
Peninsula.

Since 1966, Peninsula Rescue Mission has been serving the least, the last, and the lost. What has transpired since has been nothing short of miraculous in terms of the lives who have been helped, and the hearts who have received God’s love.

Our Timeline

Since 1966, Peninsula Rescue Mission has been serving the least, the last, and the lost.  What has transpired since has been nothing short of miraculous in terms of the lives who have been helped, and the hearts who have received God’s love. We look forward expectantly to see this timeline continue for many more years!

1966

The Beginning

The Union Gospel Mission of Norfolk pioneered a homeless shelter ministry in Newport News. Rev. Jim Lindley was God’s man to pioneer this work.

    1972

    Incorporation

    The ministry incorporated as the Peninsula Rescue Mission, with its own Board of Directors.

    1974

    Camp Open Arms begins

    1983

    New Facility

    The Rescue Mission occupied its new facility at 3700 Huntington Avenue. This building contains offices, chapel, foodservice, and residence capacity for 32 men.

    1983

    Lindsay Poteat called

    Rev. Lindley passed away as a result of a massive heart attack. Rev. Lindsay Poteat was called by the Board to carry on the work.

    1999

    Alan DeFriese called

    Mr. Alan DeFriese was called by the Board to become the Assistant Superintendent of the Mission.

    2000

    The “Lindley Building”

    Dedicated and occupied a new and additional facility at 314 37th St. in Newport News. The “Lindley Building” houses a clothing and food distribution center, and fifteen additional beds for men on our Overcomers Program.

    2014

    New Leadership

    Upon the semi-retirement of Lindsay Poteat (after 30 years of faithful service), the Board of Directors called Alan DeFriese to be the third Executive Superintendent of the Mission. John Twigg was called to be the Assistant Superintendent.

    2021

    Next Big Step

    PRM Leadership announced that by faith, they will begin taking steps to open an emergency shelter to serve women experiencing homelessness. The first step will be serving unaccompanied women (i.e. no dependents) who are not in a domestic violence situation.

    Shelter

    Address
    3700 Huntington Ave.
    Newport News, VA 23607

    Phone
    757.380.6909

    Thrift Store

    Address
    6200 Jefferson Ave
    Newport News, VA 23605

    Phone
    757.870.0517